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Doctor insights on: Milk Thistle Vs Dandelion Root

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What I am taking: Multivitamin, biotin5000mg, dandelion root, burdock root, msm, milk thistle. Is this ok?

What I am taking: Multivitamin, biotin5000mg, dandelion root, burdock root, msm, milk thistle. Is this ok?

Sure it's OK: Hi. If you eat a healthy diet, even a multivitamin is of dubious benefit. The rest of that stuff is just putting money in the snake oil peddlers' pockets. But go for it. ...Read more

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I have elevated liver enzymes and would like to know if milk thistle and dandelion root will help get the enzymes back to normal?

I have elevated liver enzymes and would like to know if milk thistle and dandelion root will help get the enzymes back to normal?

Don't waste $$$.: There's no firm, replicable evidence that these agents have any real benefit to the liver. Find out what's actually wrong with the liver and see if it's treatable. That would be the best way to treat a liver issue. ...Read more

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Currently taking milk thistle, dandelion, licoriche and artichoke. Will they react negatively with tramadol?

Currently taking milk thistle, dandelion, licoriche and artichoke. Will they react negatively with tramadol?

Unlikely: Dandelion has diuretic properties, milk thistle enhances liver detoxification, licorice helps adrenal glands, and artichoke thins bile and makes the gall bladder contract. The tramadol may get metabolized a little more quickly, but I do not expect an interaction that could be harmful. ...Read more

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If they found a bit of fatty build up on liver. Is a renew life 1 month liver detox a bad idea? It has milk thistle and dandelion and stuff in it.

If they found a bit of fatty build up on liver. Is a renew life 1 month liver detox a bad idea? It has milk thistle and dandelion and stuff in it.

Don't know.: Hi, with the current evidence that we have it's not possible to recommend any type of detox for fatty liver. Fat in the liver can be of 2 types nafld ; nash. Nafld is where fat is present but not causing harm and NASH when it's damaging your liver. We don't when nafld turns into NASH or if they r separate entities. See a hepatologist for bld work 2 c if the liver is ok. He can recommend treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a supplement for overall health or milk thistle/dandelion to cleanse/detox the liver?

Is there a supplement for overall health or milk thistle/dandelion to cleanse/detox the liver?

Can be helpfull: Yes. This can be beneficial but does not replace good liver living. To ensure good liver health either don’t drink alcohol or limit your intake (1 drink for females & 2 for males/ day). Be proactive with hepatitis b (& a) vaccination. Avoid risks like sharing needles (iv drug use), unprotected sex or lack of sanitation with piercings & tattoos. Protect from blood and fecal contact when>>. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take milk thistle, dandelion, yellow dock capsule with Micardis (telmisartan) plus tablets? Thanks.

Is it safe to take milk thistle, dandelion, yellow dock capsule with Micardis (telmisartan) plus tablets? Thanks.

No: You never know what is in these supplements, their affect upon you and the interaction with your medications is not studied.

Do not use these. ...Read more

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I hv fatty liver. I exercise 90 min on w/day. My daily supplements are 2g fishoil, calcium+vitD, 2g eve primrose, milk thistle and dandelion tea. Pls advis?

I hv fatty liver. I exercise 90 min on w/day. My daily supplements are 2g fishoil, calcium+vitD, 2g eve primrose, milk thistle and dandelion tea. Pls advis?

Save your money: Hi. First of all, stop paying a fortune for homeopathic nonsense (eve primrose, milk thistle, dandelion tea). What is the cause of your fatty liver? Alcoholism, viral hepatitis, obesity, type 2 diabetes, etc? If possible, treat the underlying cause. What are your blood lipid levels? You should be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. Limit dietary fat (fish oil very high in fat). ...Read more

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How to use milk thistle drops?

As directed: Use it as directed on the bottle. Usual daily dose is 12 to 15 g of whole or powdered fruit or 200 to 420 mg of milk thistle. ...Read more

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Can you take red clover with milk thistle?

Can you take red clover with milk thistle?

Yes: It is common in herbal medicine to combine several different herbs together red clover and milk thistle are commonly combined and can be safely taken together.
See https://umm. Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/red-clover
and https://umm. Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/milk-thistle
for more about these beneficial herbs. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take milk thistle every day?

Is it safe to take milk thistle every day?

Milk thistle: Milk thistle is a herb that supposed to lower cholesterol and help in liver disease. Taken over time it can cause diarrhea and bloating. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of milk thistle?

What are the side effects of milk thistle?

Milk thistle: "Milk thistle may cause allergic skin reactions, bloating, blood clots, collapse, constipation, decreased platelets, diarrhea, eczema, elevated liver enzymes, fever, gas, giddiness, headache, heart attack, heartburn, high bilirubin (a toxic substance) in the blood, hives, impotence, increased creatinine, increased lactate dehydrogenase level, infection, insomnia, irritability, itching, joint pain" ...Read more

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What is milk thistle? Do doctors recommend it?

What is milk thistle? Do doctors recommend it?

Herb frm Daisy plant: Milk thistle (silymarin) is a flowering herb related to the daisy and ragweed family. It is native to Mediterranean countries. Some people also call it Mary thistle and holy thistle. Most doctors do not believe it has any proven benefits for liver disease, diabetes or heart disease. The are good, safe and effective medications for these problems. ...Read more

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How do u know if milk thistle is working would it bring out spots?

Not enough info: Working for what? Not aware that there is any evidence that milk thistle can do anything. ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to take milk thistle even though I am allergic to ragweed?

Is it okay for me to take milk thistle even though I am allergic to ragweed?

Good question!: Both milk thistle and ragweed are in the asteraceae botanical family. While this might be enough to increase the chance they share common allergens, I was unable to find information in the scientific literature that the allergy to one increased risk to the other. Since information is lacking, be cautious and use the expertise of an allergist. A skin test might be helpful or a stepwise challenge. ...Read more

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When one is using lilly fluoxetive, will there be side effects when using milk thistle in conjunction?

When one is using lilly fluoxetive, will there be side effects when using milk thistle in conjunction?

Fluoxetine: I am not aware of any particular interaction between the two. Milk thistle is a liver protectant and doesn't seem to interfere with serotonin or other bioactive substances in the brain or other tissues that fluoxetine does. ...Read more

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I bought milk thistle seeds I want to know how many teaspoons I use per cup and is there any bad side effects?

I bought milk thistle seeds I want to know how many teaspoons I use per cup and is there any bad side effects?

Milk Thistle SE's: GI upset and a laxative effect have sometimes occurred with Milk Thistle.
Sorry - I can tell you how much to use per cup. ...Read more

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Anyone have any positive feelings towards the regular use of milk thistle? If so, what benefits does it provide?

Liver Healing: First there is no medication to take if the liver is damaged or inflamed. Milk thistle, which has a mixed reputation among scientists, has been used for years world wide to assist in liver healing. I often recommend it to my patients given there is no health damage that would be caused by the use of milk thistle. I would say take it until your liver functions have returned to normal. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle good at helping with nalfd? My enzymes are perfect right now. It just showed fatty infiltration with borderline enlargement

Is milk thistle good at helping with nalfd? My enzymes are perfect right now. It just showed fatty infiltration with borderline enlargement

No.: Milk thistle has been tried for a variety of liver diseases without evidence of benefit. Incidentally noted nafld generally has a good prognosis. Other than avoiding hepatotoxins such as alcohol, acetaminophen, and insuring you are immunized against hepatic disease, you should not worry about taking additional items to prevent progression. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle good for your liver?

Is milk thistle good for your liver?

IV form possibly: Taking it orally had some anecdotal evidence, but they did a big review of multiple studies about it and found no benefit. The ingredient in milk thistle, silymarin, is being tested supposedly via administration through IV route. Here's a link to the study review: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/12427501. ...Read more

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I heard about milk thistle and how it cleanses your liver from impurities?

I heard about milk thistle and how it cleanses your liver from impurities?

Milk Thistle: Milk Thistle does not cleanse your liver from impurities. There are a few studies from Europe which are not of great quality, which show slight improvements with cirrhosis and chronic liver disease. More studies need to be done to recommend it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does milk thistle have anti-aging properties?

Does milk thistle have anti-aging properties?

Yes: In addition to its well-known benefits to the liver, Milk Thistle is one of the substances that have been demonstrated to help maintain telomere length. ...Read more

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Can and should milk thistle be taken longterm?

No: A large nih funded clinical trial dailed to show any benefit of using milk thistle for hepc. It doesnot help but probably harmless. ...Read more

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How long does it take for milk thistle to work?

See details: You make an assumption that it does work. In my experience it has little value while it is purported to have a number of properties including liver protection human studies are lacking. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle safe to take with any medication?

Is milk thistle safe to take with any medication?

Yes: But why would you do so. It's of no proven medical value and can cause diarrhea and other adverse events. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect with milk thistle?

Milk thistle: Looks nice as a flower. May not taste good. Other than that you will be spending money for something that is not regulated and can contain anything they want to put in it. ...Read more

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How long will it take for milk thistle to start working?

How long will it take for milk thistle to start working?

Probably Never: Milk thistle (silymarin) is a flowering herb related to the daisy and ragweed family. It is native to Mediterranean countries.
There is no proof that it is effective for liver disease, heart disease or diabetes. There effective drugs for these problems, why waste time and money on non proven, probably ineffective supplements? ...Read more

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Can milk thistle make symptoms worse before they get better?

Details needed: Insufficient details to give a good answer. We need to know what symptoms and which condition you are concerned about. ...Read more

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Question for the holistic folks: what is a good daily dose of milk thistle?

MIlk Thistle: There are too many different products sold as milk thistle to give you any valid or specific answer. In my practice I always advise my patients to follow the dosing instructions that are on the product they purchase. ...Read more

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Any medications milk thistle interacts with? I have taken it with several and never had a problem

Any medications milk thistle interacts with? I have taken it with several and never had a problem

Yes: Check out http://www. Drugs. Com/drug-interactions/milk-thistle. Html for a short list of medications that interact w/milk thistle. Also be aware/careful that dietary supplements typically are not regulated by 3rd party so quality control can be problematic eg dose variance, contamination, etc. Be sure to always inform prescribing doctors of all OTC & prescription medications & dietary supplements ...Read more

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Can milk thistle cause early puberty?

Can milk thistle cause early puberty?

It's unclear. ..: Extracts of the milk thistle plant can act like estrogen and enhance the body's estrogen effects. Extracts of the seeds do not seem to have this same effect. Those with hormone sensitive conditions (i.e., breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids) should not take milk thistle. ...Read more

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Can I take atenolol with milk thistle together?

Can I take atenolol with milk thistle together?

Okay: No significant interactions found or known between atenolol and milk thistle ...Read more

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Is funugreek and milk thistle a good lacation blend?

Is funugreek and milk thistle a good lacation blend?

Fenugreek: Commonly fenugreek and blessed thistle are for increasing milk supply. I recommend mother's milk tea. (at health food store)i have had consistent results with that and don't have to worry if it is a good combination...Because it is.
There are acupressure points that can also help increase supply. See a trained practitioner in acupuncture/acupressure for proper instruction. ...Read more

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Is it effective to use milk thistle in treating liver problems?

Is it effective to use milk thistle in treating liver problems?

Possibly: There have been studies demonstrating benefit of milk thistle in a variety of liver problems, possibly in part due to increasing the concentration of glutathione in the liver. Glutathione is used to neutralize toxins. ...Read more